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Sri (Devanagari: श्री, IAST; Śrī) is a word of Sanskrit origin, often used as a title of veneration.

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Etymology

Sri has the original meaning of radiance, or diffusing light.[1] In Sanskrit grammar, Sri has the feminine gender. It is gender-specific in Sanskrit, but the assumption that it is masculine has resulted in the titles of Shrimati (abbreviated Smt) for married women and Sushri for women (independent of marital status).

Usage

The abbreviation Sri. (also Sree., Shri., Shree., श्री॰) is usually used as an honorific. The title derived from Sanskrit श्रीमन् (śrīman). This use may stem from the Puranic conception of prosperity.

Sri is frequently used as an epithet of some Hindu gods. When used as a title for gods, Śrī is sometimes translated into English as Lord.

Sri Devi (or in short Sri, another name of Lakshmi, consort of Vishnu) is the devi (goddess) of wealth according to Hindu beliefs.

Śrī is one of the names of Ganesha, the Hindu god of prosperity.

Other languages

South and Southeast Asia

Śri is used in most languages of the Indian subcontinent and Seri is used in most of the languages of southeast Asia:

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